Freeze Tolerance
by Barry Carter
and other authors

In January of 1999 Kevin M. suggested that you could use fractional freezing to concentrate ORMUS. He wrote:

Another technique that has worked well in the past is fractional freezing, i.e. freeze half  the water in a plastic drink bottle. Break the ice, pour the water fraction through a strainer and repeat until there is about 10% of the starting volume. This water is oily as well.

In November of 1999 I gave a workshop in Bisbee, Arizona and a woman at the workshop told us about her experience with fractional freezing. She also claimed that she felt some ORMUS effects from the fractionally frozen water.

In December of 1999 we had unusually cold weather (below zero) for a week or so and I decided to try fractional freezing for myself. In May of 2000 I finally wrote about my experiment with fractional freezing:

In December I set about fifteen gallons of water outside in the below freezing weather and let it freeze over night. I froze a portion of the water and took the unfrozen center portion and froze a portion of it the second day and so on till only a couple of quarts was left. I put this remaining water in the refrigerator and forgot about it till a couple of days ago.

I noticed that there was a white sediment covering the bottom of the glass jar. I tasted the water and it "tasted" strongly of m-state. I have not removed any of the white sediment from the bottom yet but it looks suspiciously like the sediment which sometimes drops out of enriched m-state water.

Another thing we noticed about the fractionally frozen water was that the center water seemed to have a lower and lower freezing temperature with each freeze cycle.

I have kept some of the innermost water from the fractional freezing process in my refrigerator. On May 2, 2003,  I finally thought to take a picture of it. As you can see below, the white "sediment" is quite evident in the water.

There have been other hints that the freezing point of water can change under certain circumstances. Russian pyramid experimenters report that water in one of their tall thin pyramids would not freeze.

Based on these observations we started to look for evidence that plants which had been given ORMUS would be more tolerant of freezing temperatures. The first evidence of this was submitted by an ORMUS researcher in the winter of 
2005 - 2006. He sent me a picture of a Butterfly Bush that kept it's leaves through the winter after having sea water precipitate applied the previous fall. Here are the pictures he sent:

This plant is growing at 4800 feet in the mountains of south central California (about 35 degrees north latitude). He wrote:

Left image was taken Feb., 2006, 5 months after first application of supplement; height 3 feet. Plant retained green leaves over winter even in ice and snow. Right image shows same plant in July 2006 after single spring application in May.  Larger leaf size, height 7 feet, denser foliage and longer flower spikes than previous year growth.

Potted Plants from Frozen Greenhouse

On January 14, 2007 I received the following message from Bill:

A friend, Jerry, who lives 25 miles south of Bend, Oregon, has been growing plants for personal use and for seeds in two small cold frame/greenhouses, using only water from his ORMUS trap. The plants have done great. The most interesting thing is what happened recently.

Some of the plants had not reached maturity by the end of the growing season, so they were just left in the unheated greenhouses. After two very cold months with much of the time below zero, Jerry was in the greenhouse and noticed that many of the potted plants were green, even though frozen solid. Curious, he brought some inside. Many of them continued growing once they were thawed out, even though they had been through numerous freeze-thaw cycles. The broccoli even put out new heads and flowered!

I asked Bill for some pictures of this and he sent the following images which were all taken on January 17, 2007.

This is Jerry standing in front of his green houses. None of these greenhouses are heated.
The temperature was 4 degrees Fahrenheit when this picture was taken.

Jerry is holding a plant that he is about to bring indoors for the first time
after it has been frozen and thawed dozens of times since the first hard freeze
of the season at a temperature of 18 degrees Fahrenheit on September 22, 2006

These are some more plants that will be left in the greenhouse to see how they fare for the rest of the winter.
Two days before this picture was taken these plants survived an overnight temperature of 12 degrees below zero Fahrenheit.

As you can see in this image some of the plants are surviving the freezing and thawing better than others.
Since mid November the nighttime low has rarely been above freezing
and the soil in all of these pots has remained frozen solid since that time.

This plant was removed from the greenhouse to be photographed
but was returned to it to see if it would continue to look so alive as the winter progresses.

This is Jerry with the plants that he brought in from the frozen greenhouses
on December 29 after they had been frozen for almost two months.
Notice the stereo boom boxes directed toward the plants.

Here is a closer overview of the plants that have resumed their growth
since being brought indoors on December 29th.
Jerry believes that the music he is playing through the stereos
for these plants has made them grow faster than another set of plants that do not have music.

Jerry is not sure what kind of plant the center plant is. He thinks it might be some sort of Lemon Mint.
The plant to the right is a Brussels Sprout and the plant to the left is a Broccoli.
Another Brussels Sprout is to the upper left.

This is a closeup of one of the Lemon Mint plants that survived being frozen for two months.

This is one of the Brussels Sprouts that has taken off since being brought inside.
It took two days for the soil in these pots to thaw out after they were brought inside.

This is a closer view of the same Brussels Sprout.

I think that this is some sort of lettuce plant. Jerry thinks it may be a type of cabbage.

This is a closeup of the new growth at its heart.

This is the flower on a Cauliflower plant that has developed
since the plant was brought indoors on December 29th.

Here is another view of the same flower.

This is the head of a Broccoli plant that was brought in from the frozen greenhouse.

Here is a closeup.

This Broccoli head is starting to flower.

Jerry attributes the amazing survival of these plants to being watered exclusively
with trap water before they were frozen in the fall.
He attributes their incredible growth and vigor since being thawed
to being misted and watered with his trap water.

Frozen Strawberry Plants

I also have a small story of frozen plant survival. In the summer of 2006 I grew a garden using ORMUS sea water precipitate. In January of 2007 my garden area still had a lot of green even though the ground was frozen six inches deep. My strawberry and kale plants remained green despite the continuous freezing weather in Baker City. Here are some pictures of my strawberry plants:

This picture was taken on January 14, 2007.
The outer leaves have died but the inner leaves
are still doing well on most of these plants.

Here is a closeup of the inner leaves of one plant.

These are sage plants. They are doing quite well in my frozen garden.
This picture was taken on January 14, 2007 in Baker City, Oregon after a month of freezing weather.

On the left, in this picture taken on January 3, 2008
, are the same sage plants.
These sage plants have not died back since they were planted in the summer of 2006.
The thyme plant on the right is also doing well in the frozen ground.
This winter has been harsher than last winter. We have only had three nights above freezing in the past month.

Another update: the photo on the left was taken at 10:47 AM on January 24, 2008
and the photo on the right was taken at 4:50 PM the same day.

We had a week of below freezing weather and the previous three nights of low temperatures well below zero as you can see in the high and low temperature charts for the prior week directly below the pictures. I suspect that the Sea-Crop ORMEs have contributed to the continued survival of these sage plants.

Notice how the top leaf on the tallest plant in the picture to the left has moved to point toward the sun while the same leaf in the later picture on the right is pointing toward the brightest portion of the sky. All of the leaves seem more "lifted" and perky in the sunlit left picture than they do in the picture I took at dusk on the right. These leaves are clearly moving in response to light despite the fact that they have been in below freezing air for a week.

The following image is from Kris in Salt Lake City. Kris wrote:

The violets were struggling last summer with the extreme heat, so I tried giving them ormus. Definitely helped them through the heat. Next summer all my plants will get a dose.

The temps here have been around two to eight degrees during the night.  Over all, I don't believe we have been over 30 degrees in the last few weeks.